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4 signs your employer may be retaliating against you

Like most of your neighbors in Southern Shores, you work hard to build a good life for yourself and your family. You bring work ethic, dedication and talent to the job site every day. If you hurt yourself on the job, though, you may not be able to put food on the table. Filing a workers’ compensation claim is often the best way to make ends meet. 

In North Carolina, employers may not retaliate against those who pursue benefits through the workers’ compensation system. If you think your employer is not treating you fairly because of your claim, you must act diligently to protect your job and find important legal remedies. Still, identifying retaliation can be tricky. Here are four signs your employer may be using your workers’ compensation claim to retaliate against you: 

3 common types of restaurant and retail injuries

One issue that often gets overlooked in the Southern Shores area when people work retail and food service jobs for primary or additional income is safety. Workplace accidents often remain an out-of-mind concept until something unexpected happens that results in injuries. Even restaurant and retail workers can suffer severe and catastrophic injuries in workplace accidents.

No job is without risk. Working conditions change all the time, and there are times when death is the outcome of a workplace incident. Restaurant and retail workers spend most of the time interacting with the public and in heated and cooled work environments. They experience many situations that put them at risk of injuries. Here are the most common types of injuries restaurant and retail workers should try to avoid.

Can my employer fire me if I get injured on the job?

When it comes to workplace injuries, especially in high-risk industries such as construction and healthcare, there are many misconceptions and misunderstandings around what employers can and cannot do. It is important to understand some basic elements of the law that protect you in the event of a workplace injury.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has regulations that protect workers injured on the job. OSHA also has a program to protect workers against retaliation by an employer in the event that the employee reports an injury.

Can I file a workers’ comp claim for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Perhaps you sit at a computer all day at work. Because you are constantly using the mouse that attaches to your keyboard, a painful, tingling sensation has taken up residence in your wrist.

Your doctor has diagnosed the problem as carpal tunnel syndrome. Does this condition qualify for workers’ compensation?

3 tips for staying safe on the construction site

Parts of North Carolina were devastated by Hurricane Michael. Entire communities suffered widespread damage from wind, rain and rising flood waters. As a result, construction and remediation companies have years of reconstruction work ahead. The good news is this means more work to go around. The bad news is it may result in higher incidents of workplace injury.

What can you do to protect yourself on the job? Construction is a labor-intensive pursuit and a few simple tips can help keep you safe.

Janitors face high incidents of work-related injuries

The janitorial crews that clean offices, schools and hospitals work hard for their money. They often have long overnight shifts, and those who work during the day often have to steer clear of the students, workers and patients.

A study published last year by the University of California at Berkley is opening eyes across the country about the rate of workplace injuries for janitors. The study looked at the reasons behind the stunning statistics and found the main contributing factors.

PTSD and anxiety can affect your ability to work

As you know, a workplace accident can significantly impact your ability to earn a living, if you need to take time off to recover from your injuries and especially if you become disabled. You and other North Carolina residents might underestimate the long-term effects on your employability and quality of life that work-related post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and other emotional disorders can have.

How can I get a work-related anxiety disorder, you might wonder? The following situations illustrate the ways this type of emotional trauma may affect you or others:

  • You suffered emotional trauma after witnessing an accident that resulted in the serious injury or death of a co-worker.
  • You were involved in an accident that left you with serious injuries, and upon returning to work you find that your job gives you anxiety and fear.
  • You developed depression when you didn’t recover as quickly as you hoped, or an accident left you with permanent injuries.
  • Workplace hostility, bullying, discrimination or harassment has given you depression or anxiety.

5 steps to take if you sustain an injury while at Southern Shores

You may get hurt while traveling to Southern Shores area to see family members, visit friends or enjoy a vacation. Safety should always be one of your main priorities while traveling. A simple vacation may leave you with severe injuries and significant medical bills.

Common causes of travel injuries include slipping and falling, car accidents and violence. Here are some actions to take if you suffer a debilitating injury during your visit to Southern Shores.

What injury risks do you face working in a hospital?

When you make your living working in a North Carolina hospital, you face unique and considerable on-the-job hazards that potentially expose you to illness and injury. In addition to the obvious risks associated with working with ailing patients, you also face unique hazards specific to your work environment that have the capacity to affect your future health and wellness.

Today’s hospital work environments are so dangerous, in fact, that the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that hospital employees suffer injuries at nearly twice the rate of workers in the private sector. In 2011 alone, for example, hospital employees reported suffering 58,860 work-related injuries and illnesses. Just what types of job-specific risks do you face working in a hospital?

How medical treatment works under workers' compensation

After suffering a workplace injury, getting the right treatment can make a great difference in your recovery and general wellbeing. Thus, many people are unhappy to learn that North Carolina workers' compensation law limits their ability to research and choose a provider.

When you file for workers' comp, you receive a list of approved providers to select from. You must see someone from that list or else risk your chance to receive the benefits you need.

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